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It's time to tell a new story

The Pathways Camp Jr. Campers, Staffers and me
Last year at this time I was in the middle of doing something that I'd never done before, writing a biblically-based children's story.

Actually, I'd never written any kind of story. I'd written some blog posts and journal entries, but that was it.

Little did I know that God would use me to somehow create a fun, yet powerful story. When I shared it with the young campers at Pathways Camp, they loved it, and I knew then that The Tale of Benny Bee was just the beginning.

I've had several people ask me about how they can get a copy of The Tale of Benny Bee. It's very easy actually, just click here (pretty easy, huh?).

Well, Pathways Camp is coming up again soon and for this year I'm creating a brand new story. The theme of the camp is Superheroes, drawing connections between modern fictional heroes and the most super of heroes, Jesus Christ.

In keeping with that theme, my new story follows a young boy, named Henry, on his quest to become a superhero himself. Aided by a mysterious hi-tech machine that promises to transform him into a hero in just a week, Henry learns that being a real hero is much different than he expected.

This brand new children's story is titled... (drum roll please) ... Henry and the Hero Maker. Although it's not quite done, I'm confident that the camp kids will love sharing in Henry's hero-making adventure. I'm so excited about it that I can't wait to share it. Would it be ok if I give you a taste of, say, part of the first chapter? I can? Great! Here it is:

Henry sat on the floor just a few feet from the TV. The smell of pancakes and sausage filled his house and his stomach made a funny noise that Henry figured just meant that it was hungry. Eating would have to wait, though. He’d been waiting all week to watch the next episode of his favorite show, The Adventures of Captain Unbelievable.

Henry loved Captain Unbelievable. Who wouldn’t? He was strong and handsome and powerful and he always got what he wanted. Oh, and he has some cool gadgets too.
 
“Henry, sweetie, time for breakfast!” called his grandma.

Henry didn’t move. He just sat there, watching Captain Unbelievable destroy a whole room full of bad guys. Nobody had a chance against him. If they weren’t affected by the Captain’s bone-crushing blows and kicks, he would finish them off with his laser vision.

“Henry, it’s time for breakfast!” his mother shouted as she came down the stairs. “Didn’t you hear Grandma? Now shut that off and go to the kitchen.”

“But mom, it’s almost over!” Henry moaned.
 
The show ended the way it always did, with the superhero Captain looking straight into the camera and saying, “If you work hard kids and do things just right, you can grow up to be just like me... Unbelievable!”

“Some day,” Henry mumbled. “Some day.”

As Henry was getting ready to shut the TV off and go eat breakfast a brand new commercial came on. A kind hearted man wearing a white lab coat (like the kind a mad scientist would wear) pressed his face strangely close to the camera and said, “Hey, you!”.

Henry paused for a moment. It seemed like he was talking directly to him.
“Me?” Henry asked the gentleman in the TV.

“Yes, you."

“This is creepy,” Henry thought, but he couldn’t bring himself to turn off the TV.

“Do you want to be a hero? A real bonafide hero?” the man on the TV asked.

“Yes, yes I do,” Henry muttered.

“Well, my name is Dr. Emmanuel C. Davidson and I have just the thing. I want to send you one of these,” he said, holding up a shiny metal box about the size of a toaster. “If you have a willing heart, the Hero Maker 3000 can transform YOU into a true hero in just one week.”

Henry couldn’t get the words out fast enough. “I do. I mean. I want one, I want to be a hero and I’m... I’m willing. What do I need to do? How do I get one?” ...
Does Henry get the Hero making machine? Does he become a real hero? Who is this mysterious Dr. Davidson? Was there a Hero Maker 1000? You'll learn this and much, much more... at Pathways Camp (or when you read the full story later).

Well, thanks for letting me share what I'm working on with you. I feel better (at least a little). I'd love to hear what you think. Does it sound boring, cheesy, amazing? You can let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a note on Twitter.